The notion of going on a pilgrimage and being a pilgrim is a very ancient one that belongs to the spiritual tradition of all great faiths.

Places of pilgrimage beckon people to touch and get caught up in the atmosphere and spiritual realities that belong to their origins. However, it is not only the site that takes people deep into the heart of their faith but the journey itself.

A pilgrimage is a very personal experience but it is usually a journey with others: seeking, listening, reflecting and seeing the hand of God at work in our own lives.

It is an experience that can be transforming if it is allowed to be about being present to the moment rather than just being an opportunity to take photos and see as much as possible in the time available. Pilgrimage can be a journey of the heart, open to encountering the presence of God within ourselves, creation and others.

For details about national and local pilgrimage experiences offered in the spirit of Mary MacKillop please refer to the offerings below:

Australian National Pilgrimage

The Australian National Pilgrimage, ‘In the Footsteps of Mary MacKillop’, goes to many places associated with Mary MacKillop’s life and ministry.

This is a unique opportunity for participants to absorb some of the aspects of her life and appreciate her role as our Australian Saint.

The pilgrimage will begin in East Melbourne on Tuesday 15 October 2024, where you will visit many places associated with Mary MacKillop’s life and ministry in Victoria and South Australia. The pilgrimage will conclude at Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney on Saturday 26 October 2024.

The brochure can be viewed by clicking the link below.

2024 Australian National Pilgrimage brochure (PDF)

For further information regarding this pilgrimage, please visit the Australian National Pilgrimage webpage via the Mary MacKillop Place website here.

Local Pilgrimages

Local pilgrimages are organised from the various Mary MacKillop and Sisters of Saint Joseph centres in each Region.

Information about local pilgrimages can be found by contacting the listed Spirituality and Heritage Centre and Administration Centre in each state.

Self-Guided Pilgrimages

Self-guided pilgrimages are a chance to reflect and pray at one’s own pace. Resources will be added to this page as they become available.

The Brisbane self-guided pilgrimage is designed as a walk through the streets of Brisbane where Mary would have walked following her arrival in Queensland in December 1869. It can be completed in a day by an experienced walker, but more time is recommended to allow for comfortable prayer and reflection

Brisbane Self-Guided Pilgrimage (PDF)